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By Anonymously becuase I would be kicked ou (anonymous) | Posted October 12, 2011 at 09:14:57

What the College of Teachers Don't Tell you, or hide it behind Closed Doors:

Ten Reasons to Be concerned about Ontario Education.
# 1 
Families claim bullying, sue board 

Four families who say their children were bullied and abused by teachers at Bluewater schools -and in one case also by students -have filed multimillion dollar lawsuits.
The similar statements of claim, for a total of $35 million in damages, were all filed Aug. 4 at Ontario Superior Court in Owen Sound. They allege the four students were repeatedly harassed, tormented and physically and emotionally abused.
Each child and each set of parents is claiming more than $4 million in total damages against each defendant. 
The Sun Times has chosen not to publish the names of the students, teachers, board officials and others named in the suits to protect the alleged victims.
The allegations date back to the 2007 school year at Holland- Chatsworth school, 2008 at Hanover Heights school and 2009 at St. Vincent-Euphrasia in Meaford.

# 2
School bullying still not a priority for trustees: MacDonald
Last Updated: June 29, 2010 8:09pm

School’s out but Corina Morrison, co-founder of the London Anti-Bullying Coalition (London ABC), is urging parents to do their homework in advance of fall trustee elections.
“What I want parents to do is educate themselves. I want them to be more aware of what’s going on out there in their school system … and I want parents to demand more of their trustees,” Morrison told me over the phone Monday.
Morrison often gives parents looking for help a crash course in School System 101 — who to talk to, how to talk to them, who their trustee is and how the trustee might help. 
She talks about the difference between conflict — ordinary disagreements and misunderstandings that crop up between people — and bullying, a conscious and repeated use of power over someone in a weaker position for the bully’s personal satisfaction.

# 3 
Boy's death raises spectre of bullying 
BRYTEN BROWN: Visitors to a Facebook tribute page say he was a victim of bullies at school
By JENNIFER O'BRIEN, The London Free Press
Last Updated: May 12, 2010 3:30pm

Bryten Brown died on Saturday. His family is asking that donations be directed to the London Anti-Bullying Coalition. 
The brutality of bullying has surfaced, with the grieving family of a 13-year-old St. Thomas boy directing memorial donations to an anti-bullying group….

# 4 
Ottawa school defends response to alleged sex attack
Last Updated: Saturday, May 29, 2010 | 4:40 PM ET CBC News 
Officials of Ashbury College, above, deny allegations that teachers inappropriately handled a student's sexual assault complaint. (CBC) 
Ottawa's Ashbury College says its teachers responded in a timely and appropriate manner to an alleged assault on a school trip three years ago.
Three students of the private school, as well as the school's headmaster and four teachers, were named in a lawsuit filed by a 16-year-old boy and his parents in November 2009.
The lawsuit states that in 2007, two students allegedly pinned the youth to his bed, while another sexually assaulted him and a fourth allegedly videotaped the attack while on a school trip in Boston, Mass.
No further details of the alleged assault have been released.
A statement of defence filed in Ontario's Superior Court of Justice by the school Friday afternoon defends its teachers, saying they handled the incident in a professional manner, co-operating fully with police.

# 5 Decision Summary
As published in the September 2003 edition of Professionally Speaking.
Member's Name: George Fred Abdallah
Registration Number: 257688
Decision: Suspended with Conditions on Certificates 

Abdallah pleaded guilty to all the allegations except those charging that he engaged in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional and that he engaged in conduct unbecoming a member.
The panel found that Abdallah had been convicted of sexual assault and unlawful confinement and that he had been sentenced to serve a total of two years less a day in prison. The charges involved two adult women who had no connection with the school system.
The panel in its decision noted that the presiding judge in the criminal case: did not accept as true Abdallah's account that he had done nothing against the consent of the complainants; and that the judge found that Abdallah showed no remorse.

# 6 
Decision Summary
As published in the December 2005 edition of Professionally Speaking.
Member: Julia Ann Webb 
Registration Number: 252725 
Decision: Certificates of Qualification and Registration Suspended with Conditions, Reprimand and Counselling 

Webb faced six allegations of professional misconduct related to a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male high school student. …

On June 25, 1994, Webb and the student had sexual intercourse following a party. 
Webb continued the relationship, taking the student for drives in her car and engaging in at least one other act of sexual intercourse in mid-July 1994, following which the relationship between them terminated. …

# 7 
Canada not such a nice place to grow up?" - The WHO ranks Canada in the bottom third of developing countries when it comes to bullying!
International & Canadian Experts Available for Interviews 
TORONTO, May 26 /CNW/ - 
May 27th and 28th leading Canadian and International experts will gather
in Hamilton, Ontario at McMaster University, to understand why and
discuss next steps in violence prevention, including: world leading
Canadian research on neuroscience, mental health, interpersonal
relationships, and anti-bullying strategies that span infancy to
In Canadian schools, bullying happens every 7.5 minutes in the playgrounds and every 25 minutes in the classroom. These statistics paint a very alarming and 'un-Canadian' picture of childhood in Canada. Unfortunately, we are not the only ones who are noticing.

# 8 
Principal won't face discipline in feces incident
Published On Tue Jun 19 2007 
Maria Pantalone, a Toronto principal convicted of assault after throwing feces at a child, will not face disciplinary action from the Ontario College of Teachers.
"There's not going to be any hearing," her lawyer, Michael Caroline, said in an interview yesterday. 
The college, the governing body for the province's teachers, normally conducts its own, preliminary investigation after a member is found guilty of an offence to determine if the matter could amount to professional misconduct.
"Neither the Toronto District School Board or the Ontario College of Teachers are proceeding with any disciplinary action," Caroline added. "... Upon reading the reasons of the court, they were satisfied that the requirement of potential danger to students was non-existent."

# 9 
Ontario Teacher Punished for Speaking Out on Reinstated Sexual Offenders

By Patrick B. Craine 
ONTARIO, June 17, 2009 ( – The Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) has taken action against a retired teacher and former OCT Council member after he revealed that the organization habitually reinstates the teaching licenses of convicted sexual offenders.

# 10 
Why Canada can't stop bullies
November 19, 2009 
Noor Javed 

Daniel Sebben was just 13 when the taunts began. Day after day, for the next three years, the Newmarket high school student faced homophobic slurs, insults and verbal abuse from a group of six boys. 
He would come home upset, confused and fearful of what they might do to him the next day, said mom Karen Sebben….

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